KO-D Tag Titles Vacated, Ganbare☆Joshi Returns, Ganbare☆Climax

May 9, 2017

DNA “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.33 ~KILL THE KING~”, 10/05/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Conflict Settlement! Thoroughbred Vs Mad Dog: LEONA Vs Mizuki Watase
2. 1st DNA Spring Character Festival: Yuji Okabayashi, Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Royce Isaacs, Rekka & Naomi Yoshimura
3. Awake Your Eyes, Dai Suzuki! Seven Match Trial 3rd Battle: Dai Suzuki Vs Go Shiozaki
4. Space Plancha Confrontation: TAKA Michinoku Vs MAO
5. Osaka City Blooming Flower High School Classmate Confrontation: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Yuki Ueno
6. Third Degree Honesty: Kazushi Sakuraba Vs Kouki Iwasaki
7. PREMIUM GIG – I Will Get The DNA Of Junior: Kotaro Suzuki Vs Shunma Katsumata
8. MAIN GIG – DNA Strongest Decision: Mike Bailey Vs Kazusada Higuchi

The main event has even more on the line now that Kazusada Higuchi has a Right To Challenge contract in his possession.

BASARA “VAJRA 35 WU”, 12/05/2017
Saitama Wrestle Fighter Museum

1. Takumi Tsukamoto & Ryuichi Sekine Vs Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Fuminori Abe
2. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – A Block: Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi Vs Yusuke Kubo
3. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – A Block: Best Stretchman V3 Vs Takato Nakano
4. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – B Block: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Gouma Ryu
5. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – B Block: Isami Kodaka Vs Ryota Nakatsu
6. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – B Block: FUMA Vs SAGAT

The first B Block matches take place here.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AT THIS TIME, GET EXCITED IN KASUKABE”, 14/05/2017
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. 3 Way Match: Nonoko Vs Yuna Manase Vs Maho Kurone
2. Mizuki Vs Nodoka-oneesan
3. Miyu Yamashita Vs Azusa Takigawa
4. Saki-nami Vs Rika Tatsumi
5. Yuu & Syoko Nakajima Vs Yuka Sakazaki & Reika Saiki

Yuka Sakazaki has her first match back since September 2016.

Rika Tatsumi will be bringing a doctor with her to prove that Saki-nami’s maid Martha is really a man in disguise.

BASARA “VAJRA 36 ~OSHU HAO~”, 14/05/2017
Sendai City Miyagino Ward Cultural Center

1. Yu Iizuka & Hiroshi Kondo Vs & Keisuke Goto
2. FUMA & Ken45 Vs SAGAT & Agu
3. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – A Block: Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Ryuichi Sekine
4. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – A Block: Yusuke Kubo Vs Best Stretchman V3
5. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – B Block: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Isami Kodaka
6. Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu Vs Gouma Ryu

BASARA is bringing in some HEAT-Up wrestlers for their trip to Sendai.

DDT “SAITAMA SLAM! VOL. 20”, 14/05/2017
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. Makoto Oishi & Saki Akai Vs Mad Paulie & Heidi Katrina
2. Danshoku Dino & Royce Isaacs Vs Toru Owashi & Shigehiro Irie
3. Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. Vs Shunma Katsumata & MAO
4. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Antonio Honda & Keisuke Ishii
5. ALL OUT Vs DNA!: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
6. Smile Squash Vs Shuten-dōji!: HARASHIMA, Soma Takao & Yasu Urano Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi

The Saki Akai Vs Heidi Katrina feud continues.

DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2017 ~DRAMATIC DREAM CLOCK TOWER~”, 21/05/2017
Sapporo Susukino Mars Gym

1. Keisuke Ishii Vs Koji Yoshida
2. Toru Owashi, KUDO & Tomoya Vs Soma Takao, Makoto Oishi & Shunma Katsumata
3. Hokkaido Specialty! Abashiri Outdoor Tag Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Hirata Collection A.T. Vs Danshoku Dino & Royce Isaacs
4. DAMNATION Vs Shuten-dōji!: Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi
5. Smile Squash Vs DNA!: HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano Vs Kouki Iwasaki & MAO
6. DDT Extreme Title Match: Daisuke Sasaki (c) Vs Antonio Honda
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles Decision Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Akito Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Shigehiro Irie

New No Fear have vacated the KO-D Tag Team Titles due to Yoshihiro Takayama’s injury. The new champions will be determined in a match between ALL OUT and Kazusada Higuchi & Shigehiro Irie. Higuchi & Irie were chosen to be ALL OUT’s opponents because of their victory over HARASHIMA & Mike Bailey at “MAX BUMP 2017”. Also all four wrestlers in the match represent the future of DDT.

Daisuke Sasaki came up with a match idea for his DDT Extreme Title defence but got drunk afterwords and forgot about it.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “NISHI E HIGASHI E 2017”, 31/05/2017
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Ganbare☆Joshi Wrestler I Debut Match: Ganbare☆Joshi Wrestler I Vs Kaori Yoneyama
2. There Is No Choice But To Do! There Is No Choice But To Die! Decisive Battle!: Shuichiro Katsumura Vs Ganbare The Great
3. When It Is A Match! Show Me Ganbare Soul!: Ken Ohka & Gota Ihashi Vs Kenso Ohka & KAZMA SAKAMOTO

Ganbare☆Wrestling is attempting to bring back its Ganbare☆Joshi brand. The joshi project came about for a show two years ago but nothing had been done with it since. After witnessing female shootboxers from around the world at the RIZIN Martial Arts EXPO, Ganpuro was inspired to bring the project back. This time Ganbare☆Joshi will be built around a brand new masked wrestler Ken Ohka is raising from scratch. The wrestler is actually Haruka Kato and she even admits as such but she is willing to reinvent herself. Her dream is to wrestle overseas and she hopes this experiment will help her achieve it. She hopes her new name will be something world class like Asuka. Her “debut” match will be against Kaori Yoneyama.

More details on the first Ganbare☆Climax emerged today. It will be a 16 man tournament open to both domestic and foreign wrestlers. Several Ganpuro wrestlers will participate but they will also be looking out for strong talent to fill in the remaining spots. It is a complete coincidence that a tournament of this calibur is taking place in Tokyo on the 11th, 12th and 13th August. Nope, no attempt at riding on another tournament’s coat tails here. None at all. Ken Ohka chose this date only because he wants to have wrestling on in the summer and the Climax refers to the end of summer. Nothing else!

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “AT THIS TIME, GET EXCITED IN SHINJUKU!”, 04/06/2017
Shinjuku FACE

1. Now, Fighting Idol Vs Underground Idol Announcer! Special Single Match: Itoh Maki Vs Azusa Takigawa
2. Special Single Match: Nonoko Vs Yuna Manase
3. Special Single Match: Syoko Nakajima Vs Reika Saiki
4. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Yuu (c) Vs Yuka Sakazaki

Nonoko challenges Yuna Manase to put her Miss Tokyo Sports Award on the line in a match.

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DDT “DNA 29” Results

January 7, 2017

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DDT “DNA 29”, 07/01/2017
Saitama Kasukabe Hall
165 Fans

1. Kazuki Hirata defeated Daiki Shimomura with the GO☆GO☆Splash (5:46).
2. Akito & Yasu Urano defeated Guanchulo & Rekka when Urano pinned Guanchulo with a Cutback (8:50).
3. Antonio Honda defeated Dai Suzuki with the Octopus Hold (9:27).
4. Mizuki Watase & Naomi Yoshimura defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Yoshimura pinned Shimatani with the Throw Away Power Bomb (11:13).
5. Mike Bailey defeated MAO with the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop (8:55).
6. Kotaro Suzuki & Madoka defeated Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Ueno when Suzuki pinned Ueno with the Blue Destiny (12:31).
7. Kouki Iwasaki defeated Ryota Nakatsu with the Leg Capture Suplex (17:31).

Kouki Iwasaki finally got his win over Ryota Nakatsu! It took a Brainbuster onto a knee, a Buzzsaw Kick and the Leg Capture Suplex but Iwasaki finally did it. Iwasaki said he would have never been able to lose this match even if Nakatsu broke both of his legs. However he thanked Nakatsu for giving him his best. Nakatsu admitted he’s been looking down on DNA for the last couple of months but it’s only because he’s so focused on carrying BASARA. He told Iwasaki when he becomes the ace of BASARA he will come back to DNA for another top level match together. Iwasaki said when the new DNA is shown on 23rd February, he will stand in the centre as the ace and will not be beaten by anyone!

Kotaro Suzuki was impressed with what he saw in his first DNA match. He thinks it is a wonderful group of young wrestlers. If he ever needs his fill of wrestling, he’ll make sure to come back here. Shunma Katsumata took him up on that offer and challenged him to a singles match on 23rd February at the relaunch show.

Both MAO and Mike Bailey were complimentary towards each other after their match. Bailey calls MAO the best high flyer in DNA but Bailey’s black belt in Judo was the difference. MAO never knew Judo was practised in Canada and was amazed by Bailey’s speed and jumping ability.

Naomi Yoshimura continues his undefeated streak but he’s starting to bite off more than he can chew. He had a stand off with Kazusada Higuchi after their tag match. Backstage Noshimura said “the little guy” (Nobuhiro Shimatani) is okay but he’s coming to crush Higuchi!

Guanchulo wants to team regularly with Rekka in DNA from now on. They live together, train together and eat together so that means they should be a great team together.


New Year, New Dreams, New Drama

January 2, 2017

DDT “NEW YEAR LOTTERY SPECIAL! ALL SEATS 2,000 YEN BOX OFFICE!! 2017”, 03/01/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. King Of Dark Title: Nobuhiro Shimatani (c), Hoshitango, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Dai Suzuki Vs Kouki Iwasaki, Mizuki Watase, Rekka & Daiki Shimomura
1. 3 Way Tag Match: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Soma Takao, Gorgeous Matsuno & Cherry
2. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Shigehiro Irie & Yasu Urano
3. Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
4. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Yoshihiro Takayama, Dick Togo & Guanchulo
5. Happy New Year’s New Year Special!: Joey Ryan & Laura James Vs Saki Akai & Gota Ihashi
6. New Year! More Than Special Special Single Match: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Candice LeRae
7. DDT Extreme Title – IPPON Lighttube Death Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Akito
8. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Mike Bailey

Not long to go until the first DDT show of 2017. It has a mixture of everything. Title matches, a single lighttube, broken hearts, a dark match, Gorgeous Matsuno. You know, something for everybody!

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO JOSHI PRO ’17”, 04/01/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Fantasy Begins ~Pro Wrestling Classroom Master Confrontation~: Nodoka-oneesan Vs Cherry
2. Pink Color Sparkling ~Minami Momochi Graduation Special Match~: Rika Tatsumi & Hyper Misao (w/ Minami Momochi) Vs Akane Miura & Maho Kurone
3. Hospitable With Big Love ~Konsho-gun Vs Married Wife-gun~: Azusa Takigawa & Nonoko Vs Ai Shimizu & Laura James (Special Referee: Joey Ryan)
4. Idol Survival ~Which Is Strong And Cute, Let It Get Clear!~: Reika Saiki Vs Itoh Maki
5. Magical Girl’s Counterattack ~The Enemy Of Yuka Will Be Avenged By Her Sister!~: Mil Clown Vs Candice LeRae
6. Watch Out For The Sweet Trap ~Saki Paris Triumphant Match~: Miyu Yamashita Vs Saki Akai
7. Seriously Hot Itteyon! – TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Yuu (c) Vs Syoko Nakajima

Hours before “WRESTLE KINGDOM 11” takes place in the Tokyo Dome, the girls of Tokyo Joshi Pro take the stage in Korakuen Hall.

BASARA “VAJRA 26 ~THOROUGHLY~”, 06/01/2017
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Madoka & Yusuke Kubo Vs Shinya Ishida & Fuminori Abe
2. Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Takumi Tsukamoto & Hi69
3. Japan And The US New Year Battle ~New Year’s Day! Trans-Am~: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Trans-Am ★ Ryuichi & SAGAT Vs Daichi Kazato, Masamune & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
4. Union MAX Title: Isami Kodaka (c) Vs FUMA

The first BASARA show of 2017 has Isami Kodaka’s first Union MAX Title defence. FUMA is a former champion and has a 1-1 record against Kodaka in MAX Title matches.

DDT “DNA 29”, 07/01/2017
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. Daiki Shimomura Vs Kazuki Hirata
2. Dai Suzuki Vs Antonio Honda
3. Guanchulo & Rekka Vs Akito & Yasu Urano
4. Kazusada Higuchi & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Mizuki Watase & Naomi Yoshimura
5. MAO Vs Mike Bailey
6. Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Ueno Vs Kotaro Suzuki & Madoka
7. Kouki Iwasaki Vs Ryota Nakatsu

Whatever Kouki Iwasaki’s New Year Resolutions are they better not be starting all over again from the bottom. A loss to Ryota Nakatsu will send him back down to Trainee status.

DDT “SAITAMA SLAM! VOL. 18”, 07/01/2017
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi (c) Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO

Speaking of New Year Resolutions, Shunma Katsumata has one for winning the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles. His first chance of the year happens this weekend.

DDT “ROAD TO SUPER ARENA IN NAGOYA ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENMUSU~”, 08/01/2017
Nagoya Chikusa Sports Center

1. Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & X
2. HARASHIMA, Yoshihiro Takayama & Soma Takao Vs Shigehiro Irie, Konosuke Takeshita & Kengo Takai

MAO will be busy on this day and is unable to be at the show. Sanshiro Takagi is searching for a temporary replacement and also potential new member for NωA.

BASARA “VAJRA 27 ~OSAKA WINTER IN OYODO~”, 08/01/2017
Osaka Oyodo Community Center

1. Daichi Kazato Vs Gunso
2. Yusuke Kubo Vs Masamune
3. Wrestling LOL Encyclopedia: Gouma Ryu Vs Tadasuke
4. Osaka Metal New Year Festival: FUMA & HAYATA Vs HUB & Madoka
5. Hiroshi du Soleil Vs TsubaBilly: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT Vs Tsubasa & Billy Ken Kid
6. NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles: Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto (c) Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu

The Aldini Brothers successfully defended the NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles for the second time in ZERO1 on New Year’s Day. So their next match in BASARA will have the titles on the line.

DDT “ROAD TO SUPER ARENA IN OYODO ~DRAMATIC DREAM TENROKU~”, 09/01/2017
Osaka Oyodo Community Center

1. Antonio Honda & Yuni Vs Masahiro Takanashi & Guanchulo
2. 26cm Height Difference! New Year Special Single Match: Yoshihiro Takayama Vs Makoto Oishi
3. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Konosuke Takeshita & Mike Bailey (c) Vs Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi

A 26cm height difference shouldn’t be a problem for Makoto Oishi. Sure, he can take Yoshihiro Takayama no problem.

DDT’s youngest wrestler Yuni makes his return after a successful debut in Sumo Hall,


All Jun Wants For Christmas Is His Two Front Teeth

December 21, 2016

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GANBARE☆WRESTLING “ITSUKA NO MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016”, 22/12/2016
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Beat The Opponent! Eat Lightning, Crap Thunder! Become A Scary Guy!: Chikara Vs Rocky Kawamura
2. K-reboot: Yukinori Abe & Mitomi Masayuki Vs Hi69 & Shinichiro Tominaga
3. Ganpuro Special Christmas Present ~Chubby Vs Slim Beauty~: Bambi & Manami Kanda Vs Maya Yukihi & Tequila Saya
4. Ai Shimizu Ganbare☆Wrestling Trial 3rd Match: Ai Shimizu Vs Shota
5. Ganbare☆Wrestling Vs Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling: Shuichiro Katsumura & Yumehito Imanari Vs Kenso Ohka & Osamu Namiguchi
6. Ken Ohka 15th Anniversary Debut Memorial Match: Ken Ohka Vs Atsushi Maruyama

From the Eternal Young Lion to the Tearful Charisma, Ken Ohka has been through a lot in his 15 year of wrestling.

DDT “NEW YEAR LOTTERY SPECIAL! ALL SEATS 2,000 YEN BOX OFFICE!! 2017”, 03/01/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. DDT Extreme Title – IPPON Lighttube Death Match: Jun Kasai (c) Vs Akito
2. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Mike Bailey

The IPPON Death Match has been used a few times in Tavern Wrestling where Akito won a tournament dedicated to the stipulation. There is only one lighttube brought down to the ring, whoever breaks it over their opponent or throws their opponent through it wins.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TOKYO JOSHI PRO ’17”, 04/01/2017
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Rika Tatsumi & Hyper Misao (w/ Minami Momochi) Vs Akane Miura & Maho Kurone
2. Reika Saiki Vs Itoh Maki
3. Nodoka-oneesan Vs Cherry
4. Konsho-gun Vs Married Woman Army: Azusa Takigawa & Nonoko Vs Ai Shimizu & Laura James (Special Referee: Joey Ryan)
5. Mil Clown Vs Candice LeRae
6. Miyu Yamashita Vs Saki Akai
7. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Yuu (c) Vs Syoko Nakajima

The Married Woman Army will be accompanied by their husbands in some form. Laura James’ husband Joey Ryan will be the special guest referee and Ai Shimizu’s husband Inoue Mic will be the special guest ring announcer.

Konsho-gun’s antics are getting some attention overseas. A Mexican website called Periodismo reported on Azusa Takigawa using Zexy magazine as a weapon. (Thanks to Luchablog for finding this)

DDT “DNA 29”, 07/01/2017
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. Kouki Iwasaki Vs Ryota Nakatsu

If Kouki Iwasaki loses he must reset his DNA career and start from the bottom as a trainee all over again.


DDT “DNA 28” Results

December 17, 2016

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DDT “DNA 28”, 17/12/2016
Yokohama Radiant Hall
136 Fans

1. Naomi Yoshimura defeated Yuki Ueno with the Throwaway Power Bomb (6:18).
2. Farewell To The Strongest Enemy Of His Lifetime!! Farewell! My Beloved Brother!!: Guanchulo & Rekka defeated Dai Suzuki & Tigger Bedscene when Guanchulo pinned Suzuki with the VHS (9:32).
3. Atsushi Maruyama defeated Mizuki Watase with a Cross Armbreaker (10:35).
4. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo defeated Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Endo pinned Shimatani with the Torture Rack Bomb (14:24).
5. Yuki Sato defeated Shunma Katsumata with the New Tornado Clutch (10:25).
6. Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki when Nakatsu pinned Higuchi with the V Slider (19:50).

Ryota Nakatsu continues to be a nuisance to DNA, this time getting the pin over it’s top wrestler. Nakatsu targeted Kazusada Higuchi’s arm and countered a Lariat with a Cross Armbreaker. Higuchi avoided the V Slider and hit the Lariat on another try but Nakatsu kicked out. Nakatsu cut Higuchi’s momentum short with a Sleeper Hold. Ryuichi Sekine caused damage with a High Kick, then Nakatsu followed up with a Buzzsaw Kick. Higuchi was too dazed to fight off the V Slider and lost the match. After the match Nakatsu bragged that he has now done it all in DNA and won’t be coming back. Kouki Iwasaki stopped him and said they haven’t fought each other one on one yet. Nakatsu shrugged him off. He just beat Higuchi so why should he care about Iwasaki? The challenge wouldn’t go away though so Nakatsu eventually agreed but on one condition. If Iwasaki loses, he has to go back to the bottom and start as a trainee all over again.

Over in K-DOJO, Yuki Sato was hearing stories about a DNA wrestler who wanted a match with him. That wrestler turned out to be Shunma Katsumata. Sato won and thinks that Katsumata is still a rough cut, His technique isn’t fully precise yet.

DAMNATION brought a beating to Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani, throwing them onto chairs at ringside. Daisuke Sasaki gave Shimomura a Brainbuster onto a chair, leaving Shimatani to fend for himself for a lot of the match. Shimomura returned but was taken out again with a Facecrusher and a Diving Body Attack from Sasaki. Tetsuya Endo then finished off Shimatani with the Torture Rack Bomb. Shimomura was left depressed that he couldn’t do anything either on his own or as part of a team. Shimatani said it was his first time being thrown onto a chair and it was really painful.

According to Atsushi Maruyama, Mizuki Watase thinks highly of himself. Watase thinks he is irreplacable in DNA, a treasure for the brand. Maruyama thinks Watase should instead focus on his future because he wasn’t able to do anything that would have won him the match. Maruyama suggested Watase should start using a Tiger Suplex and learn the skills of a tiger.

Naomi Yoshimura is two for two after beating Yuki Ueno in the opener. A Lariat, a Power Slam and then the Throwaway Power Bomb were just too powerful for Ueno to handle. Yoshimura is friends with Ueno but he hopes everyone notices the difference in ability between them.


DDT “DNA 27” Videos

December 9, 2016

DDT “DNA 27”, 16/11/2016
Hanayashiki Park Hall
163 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House


1. Guanchulo Vs Yuki Ueno


2. Dai Suzuki Comeback: Dai Suzuki Vs Konosuke Takeshita


3. Average Height 163cm Minimum Load: Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Hercules Senga & Tsutomu Oosugi


4. MAO Vs Shiori Asahi


5. Kazusada Higuchi Vs Shunma Katsumata


6. Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu


DNA Plans For 2017

November 29, 2016

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It was announced today that beginning in 2017 the production of DNA’s events will be outsourced to S.P.E. Entertainment. The first DNA show to be held under the new sponsor will be held in Shinjuku FACE on 23rd February, titled “FIGHTING GIG DNA EP.30 ~Starting Signal Run!~”.

S.P.E is the sports division for SP Advertising. They helped produce the AAA “STAR BATTLE JAPAN” show held in Korakuen Hall last month. Atsunori Sasaki was appointed the new show producer for DNA. He has previously worked on television projects for Momoiro Clover Z and has worked on UFC and K-1 TV programs in the past.

Sanshiro Takagi said when DNA was originally launched it was to develop new talent for DDT. Since that time it has grown and established itself into something more past the point of simply being a place for newcomers to wrestle. Takagi thought that as long as DNA is labelled as a developmental brand it will always be seen as lower product to the regular DDT events. In order for DNA to grow even bigger Takagi feels that it should be looked over by somebody who is independent from DDT.

The first change for DNA is a new nickname for the brand, “Fighting Gig”. Sasaki explained that he wanted a name that captures the sensation of DNA’s live shows. Much like music gigs, these shows convey energy from both the performers and the audience. There are also plans for improving the venue and video presentation of the shows. Takagi noticed that the roster consisting of wrestlers in the teens and twenties have drawn in a younger audience to DNA so he hopes this will be the driving force for a new flow in pro wrestling. DNA wrestlers will still appear in DDT and its wrestlers can still graduate to either DDT or BASARA should they want to.

Many of the DNA roster commented on the news. As the youngest wrestler in the group, Yuki Ueno wants to work hard and make his body bigger. Nobuhiro Shimatani will do his best for DNA and to reach that next step. Daiki Shimomura sees this as a new start. Mizuki Watase hopes the changes will open up wrestling to more people like music fans. Kouki Iwasaki wants to bring DNA up to an even higher level. Kazusada Higuchi said he will do even more amazing things going into his 3rd year. Shunma Katsumata is excited to work for someone who has worked with Momoiro Clover Z. MAO wants to show how much young power he has and that it will take him beyond what he has done so far. Suguru Miyatake is aiming to be fit to wrestle as soon as possible. Rekka sees this as a big opportunity for him. And finally Guanchulo says if you are in Japan, please come see DNA’s new generation!